“Live with passion.”
5 years ago, as I was packing my stuff up to leave my Upper West Side apartment and move home to my father's house in Upstate New York - feeling defeated, broke, and confused, I decided to get a tattoo (best time to do it right?).
I was determined to return to New York triumphant and beginning to really think about what I wanted in this lifetime. I was reminded of something my father always said; "live with passion," or "vivere con passione" in Italian. He told me the ancient Greeks didn't write obituaries or hold long funeral processions, they only asked one question when someone died; "Did they live with passion?"
So that night, before he was due to pick me up in the morning to haul me back Upstate, I wrote it out in this script and had it inked on my ribcage.
I haven't noticed it for a long time, like many things that we get on our bodies or change in our homes, but last night after I stepped out of the shower I caught a glimpse of it in the mirror.
I was getting ready to attend another moon circle (clearly sold on it) as I close on one of the biggest years of my life and turn the corner to my 32nd Birthday this week. This new moon in Virgo represents coming full circle on the remodeling that we've been doing in our lives up to this point. It's like the final exam for all of the hard work we've done releasing past traumas and old patterns of belief to finally step into our true selves. It's time to finally allow ourselves to be happy.
As we were pulling tarot cards (yes, I know, like I said I'm sold) I pulled the Goddess of Divine Passion. And I came home to myself. I dropped into the breathwork and saw that passion burning again, brighter and stronger then ever, and I know with all my heart that things are coming together. I think Nelson Mandela said it best when he quoted, "There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” 🔥🌹
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.